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Sudan signs peace deal with rebel movement

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 15, 2006


KHARTOUM, Sudan - The Sudanese government signed a peace deal Saturday with a small rebel movement in the eastern part of the country, an agreement intended to end fighting that lasted for 10 years though never near the intensity of the conflict in Darfur in the west.

According to state-run media, Mustafa Osman Ismail, a government negotiator, and Mussa Mohammed Ahmed, chief of the Eastern Front, signed the deal at the presidential palace in Asmara, Eritrea.

The rebels in eastern Sudan had never posed the same kind of threat to the military dictatorship that Darfur's insurgents have. Eastern Sudan, like Darfur, is a poor, neglected area, where many people feel disenfranchised.

2 NATO soldiers killed in ambush in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two NATO soldiers were killed Saturday in southern Afghanistan after militants ambushed them with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, the alliance said.

Canada's Defense Department identified the soldiers as Canadian but did not release their names.

Separately, a roadside bomb exploded outside the compound of the governor of the eastern province of Laghman. The governor was unhurt but one official was killed, police said.

Gag order handed down in Guantanamo case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A paralegal and a military lawyer who brought forward allegations about prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba have been ordered not to speak with the media, lawyers and a military spokeswoman said Saturday.

Marine Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, who represents a detainee at the prison, filed a complaint with the Pentagon last week saying abuse was ongoing at the prison. He attached a sworn statement from his paralegal, Sgt. Heather Cerveny, in which she said several Guantanamo guards bragged in a bar about beating detainees.